Are you tired of the same old vending machine snacks? Willow School has just unveiled a brand-new vending machine. But don’t expect to find sugary sodas and candy bars. Willow School’s got something better – books! That’s right, folks! Meet Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine. It’s putting a literary twist on your classic vending experience.

First students at Willow School to vending books from Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine.

A Novel Approach to Vending

Picture this: two eager students, Carter Casey and Ava Deguilio. They are the lucky duo chosen to use the machine first. Carter went for “Fly Guy’s Big Family” by Tedd Arnold, while Ava couldn’t resist the allure of “Pugicorn” by Matilda Rose, with illustrations by Tim Budgen. Talk about a tough decision!

But wait, there’s more! Soon, all Willow School students will get a chance to vend a book. How? By earning tokens with Willow Wows. That’s a reward system designed to encourage and recognize good behavior.

Willow School Principal, Melissa Lawson, explains that Willow Wows has been around for about 15 years. The idea is to catch students doing good deeds, like helping a friend or lending a pencil. It’s like a secret code of kindness!

Student shopping for her new book at Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine.

Behind the Scenes Heroes

Past PTA President Meredith Thetford, championed the project. The PTA raised $5,000 for the machine. District 153 provided $1,200 for shipping and modifications. The school used credits from Scholastic Book Fairs to stock the machine. They plan to keep it well-stocked through the same program.

A Community Affair

The dedication ceremony was a grand event attended by various school officials. The guests inluded, District 153 Superintendent Scott McAlister, Homewood Mayor Rich Hofeld, and Trustee Lauren Roman. District 153 Board of Education President Shelly Marks and her grandson, Jonah, also got in on the action by choosing their own books from the machine.

A Fitting Tribute

In a touching gesture, the PTA dedicated this marvelous machine to retiring Principal Melissa Lawson. She received a plaque honoring her legacy. Her incredible leadership has transformed Willow School into a place where reading and learning flourish.

With Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine in play, Willow School is buzzing with excitement. It’s a reward that fosters a love of reading. It brings joy and wonder to the lives of young readers. As Meredith Thetford puts it, “It’s fun.” And we couldn’t agree more! So, here’s to more books and more adventures – thanks to a vending machine!

Staff at Willow School cut the ribbon Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine.

Inchy the Bookworm Vending Machine is a catalyst for change.

With PBIS principles at its core, this machine is helping students unlock their potential one book at a time. Are you ready to spark a reading revolution in your school? Are you ready for students to celebrate reading? Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine is the key. Embrace the magic, reward positive behavior, and let the pages of possibility turn in your student’s hands.

We’re thrilled to play our part in a bigger mission, promoting literacy for all students. This program is just one way we’re helping kids get ready for the future. If you think Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine would be the perfect way to cultivate a culture of reading for your school, contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

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